Remedy by Anne Marsella
This is classic Marmite literature – you either love it or you hate it. The main character, Remedy, is so eccentric and her narrative so self-consciously quirky that, unless you’re hooked within the first five pages, you’ll never be.
The concept is familiar: a lonely romantic is on a quest to find the man of her dreams and has several unsuitable suitors before finding Prince Charming. But the originality of the writing makes the plot irrelevant. What’s especially appealing here is the access given to the inner voice of such an unusual heroine.
The traditions of Catholicism (along with the teachings of Islam and the joy of Arabian belly-dancing) are cleverly woven into the story; Remedy addresses her thoughts on love and life to a different Catholic saint each day and each chapter begins with a potted history of their lives. The result is a delightful sort of hagiographer’s Bridget Jones.